Today, our hearts are in Boston after the tragedy of the
explosions at the finish line of the marathon. We know there will
be some kids coming home from school with questions for parents.
Although it is never easy to explain tragedy to a child, we've
compiled a list of resources that should help you talk to your
child about the events that occured this afternoon.
From the National Association of School
From the American Academy of Pediatrics
After the shooting in Newtown last December, we spoke to Dr.
Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry and director of the
University of Illinois at
Chicago International Center on Responses to Catastrophes, for
some tips on discussing the school shooting with children. Much of
what he said can be applied to talking to your kids about what
happened today in Boston:
Most kids are resilient and will absorb this kind of scary news
and keep going or bounce back, Weine says. But if a child's play
begins involving violence or death, if they're drawing lots of
scary images, if they're not sleeping or eating or concentrating
well, if they're more sullen or withdrawn, it may be time to seek
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